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Today's News

  • FAST Camp set for June

    The 2011 F.A.S.T Football Camp for ages 6-13 will be held from 5-8 p.m. on June 6,7 and 9 at Roane State Community College.

    The camp will be directed by Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett, Cherokee head coach Brian Pankey and Rockwood head coach John Webb.

  • Chamber award recipients told

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce presented its prestigious annual business awards last week before a crowd of about 150 community and business leaders who attended the 65th annual banquet.

    The event, which draws community and business leaders from the county and region, was in Whitestone County Inn.

    Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett delivered the keynote speech and described how the governor and the legislature are working hard to reduce the size of government while improving its effectiveness.

  • First students finish AMTEC at Roane State

    Twenty students recently became the first graduates of Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center.

    “Everybody wants to be a leader, and everybody wants to blaze a new trail,” guest speaker Jamie Nelson, training and logistics manager for Toho Tenax America, told the graduates during a ceremony at the college’s Oak Ridge campus. “You have done that. You have opened up a new door. What a proud moment it is for us all to see you at this point.”

  • El-Chemeitelli new Sleep Center chief

    Dr. Samer A. El-Chemeitelli joins Roane Medical Sleep Center as medical director for the evolving hospital-based sleep program.

    “We welcome the leadership of Dr. El-Chemeitelli,” said Jim Gann, president and chief administrative officer of the Harriman-based hospital.

    “Dr. El-Chemeitelli’s expertise and dedication to diagnosing sleep disorders will lead our efforts in effectively administering personalized patient care and help manage demand for this specialized service,” Gann added.

  • City going after funds for airport

    Peggy Evans remembers when Rockwood students were regularly flown to Knoxville via Rockwood Municipal Airport.

    A teacher at the time, she remembers how the students looked forward to those trips. That sense of community — and the facility on Mount Roosevelt that provided it — won her heart.

    “My passion has been for that since the ’60s,” confirmed Evans, who sits as the city’s vice mayor more than 40 years later and is one of Rockwood’s more outspoken airport advocates.

  • Lifted credit cards pay for higher prices at the pump

    The cost of food might not be the only thing on the rise because of higher gas prices.

    “I’d say that crimes, burglaries and that sort of stuff is going to increase as well,” Roane County resident Patsy Ruppe said. “For some people, that’s going to be the alternative they choose to deal with the higher gas prices.”

    Ruppe knows from experience. Someone broke into her minivan on Easter weekend and made off with her debit card and credit cards that she left in the console.

  • Ballfields to rise from the ash

    Roane County’s plea for a place to play has been heard by TVA.

    A spokeswoman for the agency said 75 of the approximately 900 acres it acquired after the fly ash catastrophe will be used for ballfields.

    “That might be the No. 1 question we got at every meeting we spoke at,” TVA’s Katie Kline said.

    Area officials responded positively to the news.

  • Ratepayers sound off to Harriman candidates

    Some frustrated Harriman Utility Board ratepayers spoke directly to some of the city’s leaders during the most recent of their meetings last month.

    Several candidates heard from residents who began meeting because of their displeasure with their utility rates.

    Despite HUB rates on paper being comparable to — and sometimes lower than — other utilities, ratepayers still say the sting of their bills are worse.

  • Man who fought with officer who died being held in Roane

    A man who allegedly fought with a Wartburg police officer before the officer died is being held at the Roane County Jail.

    According to the Morgan County News, Eddie Dean Patterson is charged with aggravated assault for fighting with Wartburg Police Capt. Ralph Braden on April 22.

    Braden died on May 2 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.  

    The Morgan County News said District Attorney General Russell Johnson was weighing the evidence and planned to make a presentation to the Morgan County Grand Jury later this month.

  • Get ready for weekend's Polk Salad Fest, Pageant

    The annual Tennessee Polk Salad Festival and Pageant will kick into high gear at 10 a.m. May 14 with opening ceremonies at the gazebo in Harriman Riverfront Park.

    Tommy Hardin will open the event with music, and Autumn McCarroll will sing the national anthem.

    The country-fair-themed event will continue until 6 p.m. at the park and during the Cruisin’ in downtown Harriman.

    Parking, admission and all entertainment are free.